Ward County, North Dakota
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Ward County, North Dakota
Founded November 23, 1885
Seat: Minot
Largest city: Minot


Named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties during the session. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Burlington as the county seat. This was changed to Minot in 1888.  Until 1908, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties
 

Townships

Afton

Anna

Baden

Berthold

Brillian

Burlington

Burt

Cameron

Carbondale

Carpio

Denmark

Des Lacs

Elmdale

Eureka

Evergreen

Foxholm

Freedom

Gasman

Greely

Greenbush

Harrison

Hiddenwood

Hilton

Iota Flat

Kenmare

Kirkelie

Linton

Lund

Mandan

Margaret

Maryland

Mayland

McKinley

Nedrose

New Prairie

Newman

Orlien

Passport

Ree

Rice Lake

Rolling Green

Ruthville

Ryder

St. Marys

Sauk Prairie

Sawyer

Shealy

Spencer

Spring Lake

Sundre

Surrey

Tatman

Tolgen

Torning

Vang

Waterford

Willis

     


Villages, Towns and Cities

Berthold

Burlington

Carpio

Des Lacs

Donnybrook

Douglas

Kenmare

Makoti

Minot

Ryder

Sawyer

Surrey

  • Aurelia - "ghost town" south of Donnybrook
  • Drady
  • Foxholm - small community in the Des Lacs Valley north of Burlington
  • Gassman - founded as the Gassman Creek Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as "Trestle Valley"
  • Hartland - "ghost town" north of Berthold
  • Hesnault
  • Lonetreee - small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southeast of Berthold
  • Logan - small community south of Minot and north of Sawyer in the Souris River Valley
  • Rice Lake - small community around Rice Lake south of Minot
  • Rice Lake Park
  • Ruthville - small community created due to construction of the nearby Minot Air Force Base
  • South Prairie - small community with modern school, south of Minot
  • Wolseth - diminishing community, south of the Renville County border, and Granville

Historical areas:

  • Harrison - early sister community of Minot, annexed into Minot
  • Waldorf - annexed into Minot boundaries in its early years
  • Roach - railroad siding
  • Ralston - railroad siding

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Website Updates:
Sep 2016;  obits for CATHAWAY, WUSTNER, OLSON, HANSON.  Sick list news for SMITH
Aug 2016: Burials in Sunset and Rosehill Cemeteries.  Crime news for HYNDMAN, EVERSOLE, BOYD, ROSENCRANS.  Obits for ARMENTROUT, PROUDMAN, BOHLING, GOOD, SANDLAND, COLBY, EVERSOLE, KLIMPEL, McGLENN, STEVENS, WINDUS.  Marriage announements for VERMILYA-VANDENOEVER, KNUTH-VALENTINE, BRADFORD-SPARGE, RUSCO-LITTLER.  Sick list:  PETERSON, EMANUEL.  Gossip news:  NELSON, SMITH, WALDREF.  military news:  HATCHARD.  Community news.


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Surrounding Counties
Renville County (north)

McHenry County (east)

McLean County (south)

Mountrail County (west)

Burke County (northwest)

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